Srinagar: Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday announced it will not take part in the forthcoming Assembly and Lok Sabha polls.
The decision was taken at a meeting of Majlis-e-Shoora (advisory council) chaired by Jamaat Chief Mohammad Abdullah Wani at Batamaloo headquarters today.
"It was unanimously decided that Jamaat will follow its 1989 policy of staying away from electoral politics," a spokesman of the socio-religious organisation said.
Jamaat-e-Islami had contested elections in 1987 as part of the then Muslim United Front (MUF) and was an important constituent of the undivided Hurriyat Conference till 2003.
However, the party withdrew from the political scene after the vertical split in Hurriyat in 2003 and has been focusing on education and religious matters only.